|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Damaged Goods by Upton Sinclair:
all our decay. They are the victims of fathers who have married,
being ignorant of what you know--things which I should like to go
and cry out in the public places."
The doctor paused, and then in a solemn voice continued: "I have
told you all, without exaggeration. Think it over. Consider the
pros and cons; sum up the possible misfortunes and the certain
miseries. But disregard yourself, and consider that there are in
one side of the scales the misfortunes of others, and in the
other your own. Take care that you are just."
George was at last overcome. "Very well," he said, "I give way.
I won't get married. I will invent some excuse; I will get a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Eve and David by Honore de Balzac:
has taken fright at our musketry practice; she was scared of the
smoke. A battle in the law-courts costs quite as much as a battle on
the field; but David has held his ground, he has his secret. They
cannot stop him, and they will not pull him up now."
"Thanks, my dear fellow; I see that I can take you into my confidence;
you shall help me to carry out my plan."
Petit-Claud looked at Lucien, and his gimlet face was a point of
"I intend to rescue Sechard," Lucien said, with a certain importance.
"I brought his misfortunes upon him; I mean to make full
reparation. . . . I have more influence over Louise----"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad:
with his only companion (a young man from the
same valley, he said), and all the time a great noise
of wind went on outside and heavy blows fell--
boom! boom! An awful sickness overcame him,
even to the point of making him neglect his pray-
ers. Besides, one could not tell whether it was
morning or evening. It seemed always to be night
in that place.
"Before that he had been travelling a long, long
time on the iron track. He looked out of the win-
dow, which had a wonderfully clear glass in it, and